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Scrapbook punches should be sharp enough to punch through cardstock or other scrapbook papers. In order to get a clean punch, you can punch your craft punch through wax paper a couple of times before you cut through your scrapbook paper. The wax paper will help sharpen and clean your scrapbook punch.
Another material that will help keep your paper punches sharp is aluminum foil. Punch your craft punch through the foil several times to keep the edges sharp. If the aluminum foil is not doing the trick you can try very fine sand paper. Hold the punch right side up and upside down to sharpen both edges, be sure not to sand too much or push too hard on the metal.
If your scrapbook punch jams you can try putting it in the freezer. The cold will shrink the metal a little bit so you can get it lubricated. Wax paper is the best lubricant for your craft punches.
Keeping your scrapbooking punches clean, sharp and in working order will ensure perfect paper punch art for your scrapbooking layouts.